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Issue Details: First known date: 1990... 1990 Unbearable! : More Bizarre Stories
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'Where can you run when you're covered in toenails? Could smelly feet really put you to sleep? Why did Gary go to school with his head in a birdcage? How do you recover your opal when a goat has swallowed it? What was Splinter's job before he was born? You'll never guess. And you'll have to wait till the last page of each story to find out.' (Source: GoodReads)

Notes

  • Dedication: For my sister Ruth

Affiliation Notes

  • This work is affiliated with the AustLit subset Asian-Australian Children's Literature and Publishing because it has Japanese and Chinese translations.

Contents

* Contents derived from the Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,:Penguin , 1990 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Grandad's Gifts, Paul Jennings , single work children's fiction children's mystery
'A boy finds a dead fox in a cupboard in his bedroom. But when he gets a call to pick lemons from his lemon tree and give them to the fox, it seems to come back to life. Was later adapted as an episode of Round The Twist, and also re-published as a picture book with added illustrations.' (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unbearable_(short_story_collection))
Nails, Paul Jennings , single work children's fiction children's

'A boy gets stranded on an island with his father. But he has three other problems: one, he has never seen his mother; two, he is forced to watch his father die; and three, he has nails growing all over him. Was later adapted as an episode of Round The Twist.' (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unbearable_(short_story_collection))

Licked, Paul Jennings , single work children's fiction children's humour

'A boy who has bad table manners is often criticised by his father during meals. But when a visitor comes for tea, the father has made a promise to talk about his son's faults, despite the fact that he performs them in the worst ways possible. Was later adapted as an episode of Round The Twist, was one of two adaptions to be combined into one episode.' (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unbearable_(short_story_collection))

Little Black Balls, Paul Jennings , single work children's fiction

'A girl tells her mother the story of how she helped one of her friends, who spends all his time wearing paper and watching the clouds and has many animals for friends, with an operation, and how she lost one of his jewels to a goat. Was later adapted as an episode of Round The Twist, was one of two adaptions to be combined into one episode.' (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unbearable_(short_story_collection))

Only Gilt, Paul Jennings , single work children's fiction children's

'A boy goes to school wearing a bird cage on his head. He explains to his teacher that it is a self-imposed punishment because he blames himself for the murder of his girlfriend's budgerigar, only to find out that the budgerigar had already died before the boy's dog played around with it. The only short story from this book not to be adapted into an episode of Round the Twist'   (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unbearable_(short_story_collection))

Next Time Around, Paul Jennings , single work children's fiction children's

'A boy gains the ability to hypnotise chickens. He later tries it on his best friend, then takes it to the next level by making his best friend remember his past life, but with disastrous consequences. Was later adapted as an episode of Round The Twist.'  (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unbearable_(short_story_collection))

Yuggles, Paul Jennings , single work children's fiction children's humour

'A boy enters a mushroom-picking competition to win a large Easter egg for his sick little sister. But all his mushrooms except one get stolen, and that one mushroom has the ability to change shape and scare off mean people. Was later adapted as an episode of Round The Twist.'   (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unbearable_(short_story_collection))

Smelly Feat, Paul Jennings , single work children's fiction children's humour

'A boy who has no sense of smell decides to wear his socks for three straight months, believing that doing so will cause nearby people to fall asleep. It is not just people, even animals are affected. But the person he most wants to use them on is his enemy, who is planning to slaughter his 200-year-old turtle friend. Was later adapted as an episode of Round The Twist.'   (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unbearable_(short_story_collection))

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 1990 .
      person or book cover
      Courtesy of Penguin.
      Extent: 112p.
      ISBN: 0140344764 (pbk.)
    • London,
      c
      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Puffin ,
      1992 .
      image of person or book cover 8143602450997928077.jpg
      This image has been sourced from online.
      Extent: viii, 114p.p.
      ISBN: 014036247
    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: London,
      c
      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Puffin ,
      1994 .
      image of person or book cover 8414454241365529668.jpg
      This image has been sourced from online.
      Extent: 114p.
      ISBN: 0140371036
    • New York (City), New York (State),
      c
      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      Viking ,
      1995 .
      image of person or book cover 3550651588347802643.png
      This image has been sourced from online.
      Extent: 116p.
      ISBN: 0670862622
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon Uncollected Volume 2 : Every Story from Uncanny!, Unbearable! and Unmentionable! Paul Jennings , Ringwood : Viking , 1999 Z979157 1999 selected work children's fiction children's humour mystery adventure Ringwood : Viking , 1999
    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 1999 .
      image of person or book cover 7266486331764929485.jpg
      This image has been sourced from
      Extent: 149p.
      ISBN: 0141301740 (pbk.)
Alternative title: がまんできない物語
Alternative title: Gamandekinai monogatari
Language: Japanese
    • Okayama, Honshu,
      c
      Japan,
      c
      East Asia, South and East Asia, Asia,
      :
      Topazu Puresu ,
      1994 .
      image of person or book cover 5477216390662052442.jpg
      This image has been sourced from online.
      Extent: 198p.
      ISBN: 4924815128

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  • Sound recording.

Works about this Work

Popular as a Dirty Word : Investigating Literary and Cultural Biases Through a Study of Paul Jennings Jeri Kroll , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: Crossing the Boundaries 2002; (p. 261-281)
[Review] Unbearable! : More Bizarre Stories Bernice Eastman , 1991 single work review
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , vol. 35 no. 1 1991; (p. 22)

— Review of Unbearable! : More Bizarre Stories Paul Jennings , 1990 selected work children's fiction
Kids' Books Meg Sorensen , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 126 1990; (p. 46-47)

— Review of Tearaways : Stories to Make You Think Twice Robin Klein , 1990 selected work short story ; Flashback : The Amazing Adventures of a Film Horse Gillian Rubinstein , 1990 single work children's fiction ; Fly into Danger Joan Phipson , 1977 single work children's fiction ; Unbearable! : More Bizarre Stories Paul Jennings , 1990 selected work children's fiction
Kids' Books Meg Sorensen , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 126 1990; (p. 46-47)

— Review of Tearaways : Stories to Make You Think Twice Robin Klein , 1990 selected work short story ; Flashback : The Amazing Adventures of a Film Horse Gillian Rubinstein , 1990 single work children's fiction ; Fly into Danger Joan Phipson , 1977 single work children's fiction ; Unbearable! : More Bizarre Stories Paul Jennings , 1990 selected work children's fiction
[Review] Unbearable! : More Bizarre Stories Bernice Eastman , 1991 single work review
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , vol. 35 no. 1 1991; (p. 22)

— Review of Unbearable! : More Bizarre Stories Paul Jennings , 1990 selected work children's fiction
Popular as a Dirty Word : Investigating Literary and Cultural Biases Through a Study of Paul Jennings Jeri Kroll , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: Crossing the Boundaries 2002; (p. 261-281)
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